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Old 05-03-2012, 01:45 AM   #1
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bike rack blunder

OK so I am driving down interstate 80 yesterday on my way to pick up my 5er at the rv dealer that I had dropped off for warranty work and wouldn't you know it I see this. Click image for larger version

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Now I know this may seem normal but its to bad I wasn't able to video tape this.
These bikes were violently bouncing up and down as was the spare tire.
If this guy would have been were I took this pic he most likely would have tried to pull me over and tell me something was wrong with my hitch .
I cannot believe the bumper is still attached .
it may not be by now .
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:49 AM   #2
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Fleetwood must not have such a great forum with tons and tons of warnings advising you not to hang bikes from your bumper/spare tire/ladder, etc. I've seen it as well, and I always wish I could catch up with people and let them know they're in for a world of hurt.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:09 AM   #3
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Some people just really don't know whats going on back there.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:13 AM   #4
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We were at a CG once when a guy pulled in to park and setup.
As he walked around his trailer he noticed his bike-rack and new
bikes were gone. He was cussing and fussing and wondering
if he should backtrack and try to find them.

I don't know what he did but I'm sure glad I wasn't behind him when
they let go!!!

I also have seen trailers with bikes on the back that were bouncing
so violently that I just sped up and got away from them as soon as possible.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:20 AM   #5
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We were at a CG once when a guy pulled in to park and setup.
As he walked around his trailer he noticed his bike-rack and new
bikes were gone. He was cussing and fussing and wondering
if he should backtrack and try to find them.

I don't know what he did but I'm sure glad I wasn't behind him when
they let go!!!

I also have seen trailers with bikes on the back that were bouncing
so violently that I just sped up and got away from them as soon as possible.
Dan That was my thoughts while taking a pic! Pic and RUN!
if I would have ha someone with me I surely would have taken video of this to show what goes on behind you camper!
Years ago when I got proof I wasn't so lucky cause I had bike handle holes all over the back of my camper! NEVER AGAIN! I exclaimed to my dw.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:33 AM   #6
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I should STICK this thread but I am not sure which forum to stick it in.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:36 AM   #7
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I should STICK this thread but I am not sure which forum to stick it in.


Faq section?

See how the bikes are in a disarray?
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Faq section?

See how the bikes are in a disarray?
If it HAD been a video it would have been there. That would have been of interest to everyone. Maybe if we can post a request for members to "SAFELY" video other camper's bike racks and their movements or lack of movement.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:16 AM   #9
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If it HAD been a video it would have been there. That would have been of interest to everyone. Maybe if we can post a request for members to "SAFELY" video other camper's bike racks and their movements or lack of movement.
Safety-first I always say!
That's why there's no video! Pic was risky enough.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:22 AM   #10
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I see 2 major infractions against safety here. I agree that the bikes precariously attached to a bumper with impending catastrophic doom, but I also notice that a driver of the trailing vehicle is distracted by taking photographs. In my Province we have a law against using devices such as cell phones, and other electronic devices while driving, for very good reason. As a Diagnostic Imaging health care worker, I have seen the consequences of inattentive drivers end up with mangled bodies and even death. As a camper, I learned the hard way about attached bikes to the rear bumper. In fact, Herk will show photographs of the damage done to my bumper, btw, just with the weight of a spare tire. I will concede that the bikes may have started the initial breakdown of the welds, but it was the spare tire alone that finally finished it off.
I guess my message is that 2 wrongs don't make a right. Maybe, the photographer should have pulled ahead and flagged the camper down. The camper may have been eternally grateful. I'm pretty sure, I would be.
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